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Nelson's BBC figures are highly selective

Nelson McCausland (Comment, April 20) complains that the BBC does not reflect the diversity of the general population.

He is writing of England, where he says that the predominantly young BBC workforce are more liberal and secular than the rest of the country.

Yet, he is mistaken in that. According to the latest British Social Attitudes survey, 48.5% of the people say they have no religion, outnumbering the 43.8% who define themselves as Christian.

Tellingly, Nelson does not refer to Northern Ireland, where the BBC output is markedly less secular.

A BBC/RTE survey found that 23% of the population here have no religion. Does Nelson seriously believe that BBC Northern Ireland reflects this diversity?

BRIAN MCCLINTON

Editor, Irish Freethinker

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